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Democrat Says Tax Increases Should Focus On Local Control

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democrat Says Tax Increases Should Focus On Local Control

 

Salt Lake City- House Democratic Assistant Whip Joel Briscoe will present a bill in House Revenue and Taxation today, explaining the importance of giving voters in cities and counties the power to increase bus and mass transit service through the ballot. His bill, HB 369, increases sales and use taxes with voter approval, and dedicates more funds to transit than other bills.

 

Representative Briscoe said, “Mass transit is a high priority for my constituents. Better bus service will assist in economic development and stability, as well as clean up our air.”

 

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Help Pass Healthy Utah! Contact Your Representative!

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015

Healthy Utah Button

 

Pass Healthy Utah!

If you haven’t heard, Healthy Utah is going to House Business and Labor. Here is how to reach the committee members!

Name Email Phone Number
Rep. Val L. Peterson (R), Chair vpeterson@le.utah.gov 801-224-4473
Rep. John Knotwell (R), Vice Chair jknotwell@le.utah.gov 801-449-1834
Rep. Jacob L. Anderegg (R) janderegg@le.utah.gov 801-901-3580
Rep. Jon Cox (R) jcox@le.utah.gov 435-851-4457
Rep. Susan Duckworth (D) sduckworth@le.utah.gov 801-250-0728
Rep. James A. Dunnigan (R) jdunnigan@le.utah.gov 801-840-1800
Rep. Gage Froerer (R) gfroerer@le.utah.gov 801-391-4233
Rep. Brad King (D) bradking@le.utah.gov 435-637-7955
Rep. Dixon M. Pitcher (R) dpitcher@le.utah.gov 801-710-9150
Rep. Marc K. Roberts (R)  mroberts@le.utah.gov 801-210-0155
Rep. Mike Schultz (R) mikeschultz@le.utah.gov 801-859-7713
Rep. Jon E. Stanard (R) jstanard@le.utah.gov 435-414-4631
Rep. R. Curt Webb (R) curtwebb@le.utah.gov 435-753-2467
Rep. Brad R. Wilson (R) bradwilson@le.utah.gov 801-425-1028

Don’t forget to reach out to your own legislator! You can find them here .

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Healthy Utah Goes To Committee With New House Proposal

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Healthy Utah Goes To Committee With New House Proposal

 

Salt Lake City- Healthy Utah and HB 446 were both sent to House Business and Labor today after a flurry of public outcry over the possibility that Healthy Utah would not be heard in a House committee or on the floor. House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck, who sits on the Healthcare Reform Task Force, viewed the move with cautious enthusiasm as Healthy Utah is now accompanied by a much less favorable plan going into committee.

 

She said, “We are grateful the people of Utah spoke out to convince their representatives that Healthy Utah deserves a hearing. The new bill, HB 446, that has also been sent to the same committee is a little unnerving. The task force has been working for months, and we all know Healthy Utah is the best plan on the table. A new plan cobbled together over the past two weeks – when it could have been considered along with Healthy Utah in the Health Reform Task Force for the six months that we met – is not the way to go this late in the session. We know what we have been called to do, and it is time we do it. It is time to pass Healthy Utah.”

 

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Campaign Contribution Limits Fails House Floor

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Campaign Contribution Limits Fails House Floor

 

Salt Lake City- House Democratic Leader Brian King outlined the virtues of HB 60, his campaign contributions bill on the House floor today. The bill, which failed last year 35-38, has divided the house and committees for the past two years, with many members of the Legislature supporting limiting the amount an individual can give to a candidate for office.

 

Representative King said, “We are trying to avoid undue influence on candidates at the front end of the process, not just deal with scandal on the back end. Utahns are tired of the endless conflicts of interest we see, and want campaign contribution limits. This may not eradicate the problems with money in politics, but it sure is a step in the right direction. Doing nothing is no longer acceptable.”

 

The bill failed in the House by a vote of 31-39.

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Bipartisan Committee to Hear Healthy Utah Impact

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Bipartisan Committee to Hear Healthy Utah Impact

 

Salt Lake City- House Democratic Leader Brian King will chair a public committee hearing with Senator Brian Shiozawa and other members of Republican and Democratic Caucuses on the merit and impact Healthy Utah 2.0 will have on Utahns across the state. The committee will convene Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30 pm in Senate Building Room 215.

 

Representative King stated, “We have spent three years in negotiations to come up with the Healthy Utah plan, and we are not backing down. This is not about politics, or government branch against government branch. This is about the people we lose every single year from kicking this can down the road. These people deserve our attention, they deserve our support, and we are here to hear from them. When Utah speaks, we listen. This hearing is about shutting our own mouths and listening to the voices of the people who put us here, who voted for us in good conscience that we would do the right thing. It is their turn to talk.”

 

What:              Public Hearing on Healthy Utah

Who:               House Democratic Leader Brian King, Chair

Senator Brian Shiozawa, co-chair

Invited Legislators and Speakers

Where:           Senate Building, Room 215

When:             Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:30 p.m.

 

This hearing is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

 

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House Democratic Caucus states “We Want To Be Perfectly Clear” on Healthy Utah

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

House Democratic Caucus states “We Want To Be Perfectly Clear” on Healthy Utah

 

Salt Lake City- House Democratic Leader Brian King spoke on behalf of the entire House Democratic Caucus today saying, “We want to be perfectly clear. Democrats will vote for nothing less than Healthy Utah.

 

The Speaker says we have spent too much time on this issue and that we need to move on to more important things. I ask, what is more important than the lives of Utahns? We are amazed at his lack of perspective on this issue. The House and its committees has spent time on horse tripping, bicycles in drive thrus, and feral pigs. But the GOP leadership is blocking access to healthcare from even receiving a hearing. The Republican Leadership team is cowering behind the starting line.

 

This is too important to let slide under the radar. The Senate knows it. The Governor knows it. And we know it. Mr. Speaker, do not kill Healthy Utah. Do not sign the death certificate for something that can give life to thousands upon thousands of Utahns.”

 

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Democratic Rep Supports Medicinal Marijuana

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democratic Rep Supports Medicinal Marijuana

 

Salt Lake City- House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck applauded the Senate Committees decision to pass SB 259, the medicinal marijuana bill, to the Senate floor.

 

She stated, “I believe that SB259 provides an innovative, yet highly regulated, option for Utah to provide access to medically-prescribed cannabis to a narrowly defined group of patients.  For many patients, taking highly addictive legal opioids is more problematic in terms of managing their conditions than having the option of using medical cannabis.  The fact that opioids also are the most often abused drugs in our state I think stems from the fact that people in pain see these other controlled substances as their only option.  The fact that only certain physician specialist categories will be allowed to prescribe is very helpful in managing and documenting the prescribing of medical cannabis in our state. The highly-regulated form in which the medication will be made available and dispensed gives much comfort in supporting this proposal.”

 

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